HER CLEAR, PIERCING, COLORATURA VIRTUOSITY STOLE EVERY SCENE. Even when belting high Bs or navigating challenging vocal runs, she maintaing a CAPTIVATING AND CLEAR DECLARATION...PEERLESS SINGING WITH CONSISTENTLY COMPREHENISIBLE ARTICULATION. KAPLAN'S FULLNESS AND TONE provided essential parts to the story's climax. Had one word become incomprehensible amidst her GARGANTUAN SINGING then the realization of Emily Webb would have collapsed, but not once did she impede narrative intelligibility."
BOSTON MUSIC INTELLIGENCER | Our Town 2022
"Sempre libera" from La Traviata, Summer 2023
Alcina - Boston Opera Institute 2023
Kira Kaplan is an exciting young American soprano known for empathy and authenticity on the operatic stage. For the 2023/2024 season she joins the UK National Opera Studio as a Young Artist. She was most recently seen on stage in summer 2023 starring as Violetta Valery with Brevard Music Center and Janiec Opera Company in La Traviata. Earlier this year, Kira debuted in the title role of Alcina in Handel's Alcina with the Boston Opera Institute. Of recent in the competition circuit, Kira has been seen as the First Place winner of the 2022 Camille Coloratura Awards, as the Boston District winner and Regional Finalist of the 2023 Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and as a winner and recipient of the Full Career Bridges Grant from the Schuyler Foundation Career Bridges Competition.
As a young artist with the Boston Opera Institute, she starred as Emily Webb in the BU Fringe Festival production of Ned Rorem's Our Town, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Harriet Beecher Stowe (The Infinite Energy of Ada Lovelace), and Diana in the New England premiere of Jake Heggie's If I Were You. As a principal soloist and young artist, Ms. Kaplan has sung with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Villa Negra Opera Festival, the Bethesda Summer Music Festival, and as a soloist in Symphony Hall.